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when kerik pled guilty to tax evasion and lying to the white house. he served three years in a federal minimum security prison in maryland, and he was released back in may. we spoke to kerik exclusively earlier this week, just days after his home confinement ended, and i began by asking how he's doing. >> i feel pretty good. it's all a transition. it's a pretty intense transition to come home. >> talk to me a little bit about daily life. what was it like for you? >> there isn't much you can do in prison. my daily life consisted of reading. i think i read over 300 books while i was there. i did a lot of writing. i exercised a lot. >> you thought a lot, i would imagine. >> you do a lot of thinking. >> did you mix with the other inmates? >> yes. i mixed -- >> are ywere you scared about t? >> no, but i was with men that were sentenced to 30 years. a lot of people were skeptical. a lot of people were, you know, a lot of people didn't want to come near me, didn't want to talk to me. but over time, i got to know many of them. over time, i got to help many of them. over time, i got to teach. i
Nov 2, 2013 5:00am PDT
's nominee for head of homeland security. he wound up pleading guilty to tax evasion. in line to the white house. spending three years in a federal minimum security prison. earlier this week, he spoke to matt lauer days after being relieved from house arrest. he opened up about what he realized about life behind bars and his new mission now that he's out. >> bernie, you spent six years of your life running that jail over our shoulder there which is one of the biggest and most notorious jails in the country. when you look back at that place now, does your perspective change? >> yeah, it changes. when i ran that system, i focused on the day-to-day operations of care, custody, and control. what i realized today is, especially in the federal prison system, that's not necessarily the focus. >> reporter: despite a long and impressive resume in law enforcement, kerik says only a few months after behind bars himself that he realized that criminal justice system was broken. >> these young men, first-time nonviolence low level drug offense their sentence may be five or ten years, but you know what?
Oct 30, 2013 7:00am PDT
emotionally taxing but it was such a privilege to be able to bring that woman's story back to life and take that part of history personally. it was the best teaching tool for me and it will be that for everyone that gets to see it. >> as you go forward, there's people describing you as break out star. winning awards. you have the golden globes and oscars coming up. do you think about that? >> i can't. there's so much else to think about right now. i'm taking it one day at a time. every day brings new things. like standing here talking to you. >> it will get better than this. your agents phone must be ringing constantly. what's next? >> i don't know. i did a film "nonstop" that comes out in february and other than that, i don't know. i'm looking. definitely we have a few things that we're looking at and we'll see what's next. >> getting a lot of buzz. it's a pleasure to meet you. congratulations and the movie again is "12 years a slave" it's in theaters now. let's get a check of the weather. >> let's look at what you have as far as your halloween weather is concerned. we're looking at a risk